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12 Aug 2011
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Highlights of the week


IOC member Iván Dibós from Peru has been made Officer of the Légion d’Honneur. Dibós received France's highest decoration from Cécile Mouton-Brady de Pozzo Di Borgo, Ambassador of France in Lima, on behalf of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The event was held at the French Embassy in the presence of Peruvian Vice-President Luis Giampietri and members of the Executive Council of the Peruvian Olympic Committee.



The International Fencing Federation (FIE) has informed us that the FIE Executive Committee has adopted the Olympic Movement Medical Code. The FIE medical commission will work with national federations to implement it in the coming year.

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has informed us that junior and senior gymnasts from Central America competed for regional honours last weekend at the 2nd Central American Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Panama City. The tournament included gymnasts from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama, with 2008 Olympian Nathalia Sanchez from neighbouring Colombia competing as a guest. More information on

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced that FINA Vice President Bill Matson (NZL) has died following the surgery he underwent during the last days of the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN). Bill Matson was a FINA Bureau Member since 1996 and Vice President of the International Swimming Federation since 2005. More information on

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has launched a new Science and Medicine website to provide players with advice on how to maximise healthy participation in tennis, reduce injury risk, and facilitate optimal performance. The section can be found at and features information on injury prevention, health, training, nutrition, psychology and equipment.


Mongolian Olympic Committee President Demchigjav Zagdsuren recently met with Klaus Schormann, President of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) at the Olympic House in Ulaanbaatar. Both sides discussed the development of modern pentathlon in Mongolia, which became the most recent UIPM member during the World Cup in Sichuan, China, in May 2011. More information on



The Chef de Missions Seminar took place this week in London. The Chef de Missions were able to familiarise themselves with the venues, city layout, transport, and all the detailed operations which the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) is arranging for their athletes and team officials during the Games.

Last week, preparations for London 2012 stepped up another gear, with major international sporting events taking place at the triathlon, rowing and sailing venues. London’s Hyde Park played host to the world’s leading triathletes as part of the ITU World Championship Series, while Eton’s Dorney Lake staged the Junior World Rowing Championship. Elsewhere, the 2011 Weymouth and Portland International Regatta brought elite sailors from around the world together to compete in 10 Olympic classes in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, which will host the sailing events during the Games next year.

“Unlimited”, a Cultural Olympiad programme that celebrates arts and culture by disabled and deaf people, has been awarded GBP 700,000 of funding in its final round of commissions. The funds have been awarded by the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Arts Council England, the UK Arts Councils and the British Council.

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RIO 2016

The first new venue for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 has been completed. On 5 August, the Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games marked the five-years-to-go milestone by highlighting the positive changes that the Games preparations are bringing, as the city gears up for 2016.

During an event at the City Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Rio 2016 President and IOC member Carlos Arthur Nuzman presented a progress report to assembled dignitaries that detailed the work already achieved, including the start of renovation work at venues such as the Maracanã Stadium and the Sambodromo, and the security improvements that are already benefiting more than 300,000 people in 18 communities.

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